Shooting portraits is a ‘thing’ for me lately. I have been experimenting from time to time but last week I got to do it for real! I just have a thing for a great environmental portrait and a headshot or an intimate portrait are photo’s I really love taking. I just love the concept of ‘bringing your own light’ and being abled to modify and adjust the setup at will to create an entirely different mood.

So after practicing on my wife and kids I set out to capture the instructors & friends of my Aikido Dojo for the website.

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After this I had gathered enough courage to photograph my Irish and Canadian Aikido sensei.

Henry Kono Sensei. Henry is an amazing man, born in Canada he studied Aikido under its Founder Morihei Ueshiba O’sensei at Hombu Dojo, Tokio, Japan in the 1960’s. He has a remarkable insight in the principles of aikido and has dedicated his life to share his unique way of harmony. Henry is currently 85 years old has lived a full life dedicated to over 40 years of martial arts practice and his eyes and face tell the story of his life long quest for balance.


John Meldrum Sensei. John is a wonderful teacher and friend. He has been practicing Aikido for over 25 years. His face although always laughing and full of joy was inviting me to try to capture the man behind all of this. Serious but witty. Friendly and strong.


Then for some more practice a selfie.


And last week I got an assignment for a couple of environmental business portraits. one of then was at the Binnenhof, The Hague. Where the Dutch Parliament houses. In the back you can see the Ridderzaal a special wish of the person in the portrait.

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